Thursday, October 28, 2004

By blog correspondent Dave McLaughlin (Daíthí Mac Lochlainn)
Dialann Toghcháin

From Nuacht, a journal in Irish Gaelic.

Translated for us by the author:

ELECTION DIARY

One can say that this Presidency was born in scandal.

Indeed, the morning after Election Day 2000, we all woke up without knowing who won the race.

And today, after four years, and stories of denial of voting rights in Florida, the Presidency is in question among some of the American people.

Stll, we are discussing Florida.

However, Florida is not the end of the scandal. A few months after the inauguration of President George W. Bush, the corporation Enron collapsed, with the workers' pensions completely gone and spent.

A month later, "9/11" happened, to the benefit of George W. Bush.

It is said that 9/11 changed everything here.

That is true, in a way, yet the scandals continue to accumulate: billions of dollars for Halliburton, lies about weapons of mass destruction and about a link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, Guantanamo Bay, torture in Abu Graib, lost jobs, the savaging of the country's economy, the exposure of secret agent Valerie Plame, masses dead in Iraq.

Yet, Republican strategists believe that Bush can gain support from the issue of security and "9/11".

This week, "9/11" and Bush's responsibility is in question again.

In The Los Angeles Times, Robert Sheer wrote that Bush Administration is keeping a 9/11 report in secret until after the election.

According to a CIA official, the report blames leading people in the White House.

Congress members Jane Harman of California and Peter Hoekstra of Michigan wrote a letter to Bush requesting publication of the report.

Before long, there was another article in The Boston Globe.

A month ago, the group "9/11 Families" issued a press release giving their support to Kerry against Bush.

According to the polling company, Zogby International, half of the people of New York believe that the Bush Administration had foreknowledge of 9/11, this journalist among them.

In addressing the question of the 9/11 Commission, George W. Bush made his best effort to stop it. When he was summoned to face it, he gave his testimony behind closed doors, without taking an oath, and with Vice President Dick Cheney beside him.

Bush's campaign team believes that it can gain support from "9/11".

Now, however, "9/11" may become the main weakness of Bush and his team.

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